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Stroud and South Gloucestershire College will help you choose what to do next

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College are offering free information, advice and guidance sessions to students looking for assistance with their education and career paths.

The 'Never Too Late' sessions have been running for a number of years, helping more than 7,000 late applicants find a course of study that suits their needs.

Created to help those in need of advice before deciding what to study this September the service provides assistance on an individual basis with one of the College's professional advisers.

Potential learners will receive advice on all aspects of student life including course choice and fees, entry requirements, progression routes and careers.

All advice and guidance on offer is available not only to prospective students aged 16-19, but also adults considering their next career step.

SGS, has four main campuses - Stroud, Filton, WISE and Berkeley Green- as well as many local community venues and has a roll of 15,500 full and part-time students.

They also have venues in the centre of Bristol, at the West of England Academy of Art and at the Bristol Zoo & Gardens.

Assistant principal Liam Evans said: "The college's campuses are based in state-of-the-art buildings in great locations.

"Filton and WISE are within easy reach of the centre of Bristol, while our Stroud campus is based in the beautiful five valleys, in the county of Gloucestershire.

"We offer a vast range of courses in an even wider range of subjects - from business to sport, and from beauty to media - so whatever you want to study, there's bound to be something for you.

"What's more, SGS has an excellent reputation for delivering work-based programmes, such as apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships and professional training.

"So if you're after a practical course that'll teach you the skills you need for your chosen career, you've come to the right place.

"Our experienced and passionate staff work hard to help our students achieve their personal challenges and career goals.

"We're proud of SGS, and committed to making the new college the best it can be.

"We are currently working hard to achieve 'outstanding' status after been classified as 'good' in our inspection last year.

"A strong partnership with the University of Gloucestershire means excellent opportunities for students who choose to go on to higher education."

The College is still recruiting for courses starting this September.

There is availability on a number of courses at the Stroud campus including Access to University Apprenticeships, GCSEs and a number of full-time vocational courses.

They also offer HND and foundation degree university level programmes and part-time professional or leisure adult courses.

Sara-Jane Watkins, Principal at SGS College, said: "There is still time to apply for courses at SGS College.

"Our guidance specialists will help you look at your education and career options to help prepare you for study starting this September.

"College staff will work tirelessly to help people maximise their potential and achieve their qualification and career targets."

The free drop in Information, Advice & Guidance Sessions at SGS College are running from Thursday August 22 from 9am to 4pm.

For further information call and the full list of available courses call 0800 0567 253 or visit

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